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I grew up in New York City and there attempted my first "interesting" photos as a youngster. Later, while a teenager, I was introduced to the pleasures of jazz. While living in California in 1969, I started to combine my loves of photography and music by photo-documenting jazz performances. I enrolled in photography classes, but am mostly self taught.

My first published jazz photograph (of Rahsaan Roland Kirk) was in Down Beat magazine in 1974. Many others have followed. In 1977 I moved to the Washington, D.C. area and began contributing photographs to JazzTimes magazine. I retired from my day job in 2006 and gained more time to devote to photography and jazz.

I focus on capturing the creative expression, spirit and individualistic character of the artists in performance. My pictures have also been published regularly in other jazz magazines, journals, and newspapers, including:

Signal to Noise
N.Y. Times Magazine
U.S. News and World Report
Jazz Beat
The Jazz Report
Musician Magazine
American Visions
America Illustrated
The Wire
The Ear
The Jazz News
Washington Post
Washington Times
Washington City Paper
San Francisco Chronicle
Chicago Tribune, etc.

Books and Aricles in which my photos appear:

—The Jazz Scene, W. Royal Stokes, 1991, Oxford Univ. Press
—Dizzy: John Birks Gillespie in His 75th Year, compiled & ed. by Lee Tanner, 1993, Pomegranate Art Books
The Art of Bop Drumming, John Riley, 1994, Manhattan Music
The Real Latin Fakebook, 1996, Sher Music
Jazz Man's Journey, Biography of Ellis Marsalis, D. Antionette Handy, 1999, Scarecrow Press
Living the Jazz Life, W. Royal Stokes, 2000, Oxford Univ. Press
Filtreringer: Elekktronisk Music Fra Tonegeneratorer Til Samplere 1898-2001, Henrik Marstal & Henriette Moos, 2001, Host & Sons
Visions, Annual Publication in Celebration of the Vision Festival, 2001, Arts for Art, Inc.
—Casmier, Stephen J., "Ventriloquism and Ideology in Ken Burn's Jazz", The Moving Image - Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, Volume 1, No. 2, Fall 2001, (University of Minnesota Press)
Latin Jazz-La Combinacion Perfecta, Raul Fernandez, 2002, Chronicle Books
Encyclopedia of Cuba - People, History, Culture, Luis Martinez-Fernandez, D.H. Figueredo, L. Perez & L. Gonzalez, 2003, Greenwood Press
—Gennari, John, " HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues", in "DC Exhibit and Museum Reviews", The Public Historian - A Journal of Public History, Volume 25, No. 2, Spring 2003, (University of California Press)
Four Jazz Lives, A.B. Spellman, 2004, University of Michigan Press (reprint of Four Lives In The Bebop Business)
Jazz: An American Journey, Brian Harker, 2005, Pearson Prentice Hall
Vision Festival - Peace, Vision Festival Publication, 2005, Arts For Art
The Velvet Lounge: On Late Chicago Jazz, Gerald Majer, 2005, Columbia University Press
DIZZY - The Life & Times of John Birks Gillespie, Donald L. Maggin, 2005, Harper Collins
Growing Up With Jazz, W. Royal Stokes, 2005, Oxford Univ. Press
Steve Lacy: Conversations, Jason Weiss, 2006, Duke University Press
Who Owns The Music?, William Parker, Buddy's Knife Jazz Edition, 2006 —A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and Experimental Music, George Lewis, University of Chicago Press, 2008
Jazz: An American Journey, by Brian Harker, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2010
DISCOVERING JAZZ text book by John Edward Hasse and Tad Lathrop, Pearson Publishing, 2012
—The Historical Society of Washington's Spring 2014-Volume 26 special issue Jazz In Washington
The Execution of Sun Ra by Thomas Stanley, Wasteland Press, 2014
The Question by Joel Futterman, JDF Productions, 2016
Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, DC by Maurice Jackson and Blair A. Ruble, Editors, Georgetown University Press, 2018
Washington, DC, Jazz, by Dr. Regennia N. Williams and Rev. Dr. Sandra Butler-Truesdale, Arcadia Publishing, 2019
The Essential W. Royal Stokes, Jazz, Blues, And Beyond Reader by W. Royal Stokes
Creative Patterns by Joel Futterman, JDF Productions, 2020
The Essential W. Royal Stokes Jazz, Blues & Beyond Reader,W. Royal Stokes, 2020, Hannah Books
Elegant People: A History of the Band WEATHER REPORT by Curt Bianchi, Backbeat Books, 2021

Compact discs, LPs, and laser discs for which photos have appeared on covers or in booklets:

Malachi Favors, Natural and the Spiritual, AECO Records LP
Ahmad Jamal, Live! at Blues Alley, Blues Alley Limited Edition
Stanley Turrentine, Live! at Blues Alley, Blues Alley
Ramsey Lewis, >Live! at Blues Alley, Blues Alley
Charlie Byrd, Live! at Blues Alley, Blues Alley
Dizzy Gillespie, Live! at Blues Alley, Blues Alley
Dizzy Gillespie, Wolf Trap Salutes Dizzy Gillespie, Pioneer laser disc
Malachi Thompson, Jaz Life, Delmark
Von Regensburger/Waldyr Menezes, Tropical Breeze, Magnum Opus
David Leonhardt, Departure, Big Bang Records
Woody Shaw, Complete CBS Studio Recordings, Mosaic (reissue)
Larry Willis, Steal Away, Audioquest
Larry Willis, Solo Spirit, Mapleshade
Eddie Gale, A Minute With Miles, Mapleshade
Bobby Battle/David Murray, The Offering, Mapleshade
Wild Bill Davison, Wild Bill & his Jazzologists, Jazzology
Pud Brown, Palm Court Strut, Jazzology
David "Fathead" Newman, House of David, Rhino Anthology
Clifford Jordan/Ran Blake, Masters From Different Worlds, Mapleshade
Raphe Malik Quintet, Sirens Sweet and Slow, Mapleshade
Pud Brown, Plays Clarinet, Jazzology
Byron Morris/Unity, Vibrations In Time, By-Mor Music
Kendra Shank, Afterglow, Mapleshade
Malachi Thompson, New Standards, Delmark
Hamiet Bluiett, Young Warrior, Old Warrior, Mapleshade
Dave Bargeron, Barge Burns...Slide Flies, Mapleshade
Larry Willis & Hamiet Bluiett, If Trees Could Talk, Mapleshade
Hamiet Bluiett, Bluiett's Barbeque Band, Mapleshade
Eddie Jefferson, Deep Jazz Trip: Freedom Jazz Dance Series, pHo/Westside/Muse
Ivo Perelman, Man of the Forest, GM Recordings
Wavelength Infinity, A Sun Ra Tribute, Rastascan
Jack Walrath and Larry Willis, Portraits In Ivory and Brass, Mapleshade
Chuck Redd, Stomp, Look and Listen, Exclusive Arts
Joel Futterman-'Kidd' Jordan Trio, New Orleans Rising, Konnex
Clifford Jordan, Live at Ethell's, Mapleshade
John Ellis, Language Of Love, Riding Between Cars Recordings
Trio Hurricane, Live at Fire In The Valley, Eremite Records
Joel Futterman-'Kidd' Jordan Trio,Southern Extreme, Drimala Records
Byron Morris/Unity, Live At The East Coast Jazz Festival, By-Mor Music
Asante, Ohene Kesee A Ebin, Mapleshade
Raphe Malik Quartet, ConSequences, Eremite Records
Glenn Spearman Trio, First and Last, Eremite Records
Malcolm Goldstein, Live at Fire In The Valley, Eremite Records
Alan Silva & William Parker, A Hero's Welcome: Pieces For Rare Occasions, Eremite
Peter Brotzmann 'Die Like A Dog Quartet', From Valley To Valley, Eremite Records
Matthew Shipp Duo with William Parker, DNA, Thirsty Ear Recordings
Jemeel Moondoc/William Parker, New World Pygmies, Eremite Records
Sun Ra, Janus, 1201 Music
Sonny Stitt, Autumn in New York, 1201Music
Cecil Taylor, Silent Tongues, 1201 Music
Fred Anderson/Hamid Drake/'Kidd' Jordan/William Parker, 2 days in april, Eremite Records
Alan Silva & The Sound Visions Orchestra, Eremite Records
Kenyetta & Larry Willis, Every Rung Goes Higher, Mapleshade
Santi Debriano & the Euforia Trio, Euforia, Mapleshade
Larry Willis/Kash Killion, Sunshower, Mapleshade
Sun Ra/Henry Dumas, The Ark and the Ankh, IKEF RECORDS
Raphe Malik Quartet, Companions, Eremite Records
Hamid Drake & Sabir Mateen, Brothers Together, Eremite Records
Kim Russell Seibert with Joel Futterman &Kidd Jordan, Sweet Silence, Independent
Anthony Braxton, Four Compositions (GTM) 2000, Delmark
Paul Murphy Trio, Enarre, Cadence Jazz
Kalaprusha and the Light, The Moment - Live in Detroit, Entropy Stereo
Joel Futterman/Ike Levin Trio with Kash Killion, Live At The Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, IML Records
Kidd Jordan/Joel Futterman/Alvin Fielder Trio, Live At The Tampere Jazz Happening 2000, Charles Lester Music
Cecil Taylor and Mat Maneri, Algonquin, At the Library of Congress, 1999, Bridge Records
Frank Wright, The Complete ESP Disk Recordings, ESP Disk
Don Cherry, Multikulti (DVD), Kultur
Byard Lancaster, It's Not Up To Us, (Reissue) Water Records
Duke Pearson, the phantom - featuring bobby hutcherson, (Reissue) Water Records
Byron Morris & Unity, Unity Y2K, ByMorMusic
VisionLive CD/DVD, Two discs from the 2002 Vision Festival
Vision Volume 3 CD/DVD, Two discs from the 2003 Vision Festival
JD Parran & Mark Deutsch, Omegathorp: Living City, Y'All of New York
Joel Futterman & Ike Levin Duo, Dialogues and Connection, Charles Lester Music
Kidd Jordan & Joel Futterman Duo, Interaction, Creation Music
Byron Morris & Unity, Unity, A Retrospective, ByMorMusic
Joel Futterman, Albert's Bells, JDF Music
Joel Futterman, Remembering Dolphy, JDF Music
Freddie Hubbard, Pinacle-Live & Unreleased From Keyston Korner, Resonance Rcords
Alvin Fielder & Joel Futterman, Interinfinity, JDF Music
Borah Bergman, vita brevis, somerealmusic
Kidd Jordan, Alvin Fielder & Peter Kowald, Trio and Duo In New Orleans, No Business Records
Joel Futterman, Reflection I & II, JDF Music
Sun Ra & June Tyson, I Roam the Cosmos, SunRaMusic
Kidd Jordan, Joel Futterman, and Alvin Fielder Sprits, recorded 1997
Kidd Jordan Quartet A Tribute To Alvin Fielder, Live At The Vision Festival XXIV Mahakal Music
Julius Hemphill, Box Set Julius Hemphill: The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony , New World Records, 2021

Photos in Movies and Videos:

Nas: Time Is Illmatic, Documentary on the rapper Nas
Oxygen For The Ears: Living Jazz, Washington, DC Jazz History
On Canvas - Bobby Watson and Live & Learn at University of the Arts
Billy Bang: Long Over Due
Electric Purgatory: the fate of the black rocker

Exhibitions include:

dc space, Washington, D.C., May 1982
Wetherholt Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1991
U.S. Information Agency traveling jazz exhibit, 1992
Blues Alley, Washington, D.C., 1992-1995
La Belle Gallerie, New Orleans, 1992-1994
Philadelphia Afro-American Cultural & Historical Museum, October, 1993
Southern University, New Orleans, May 1993, at dedication of Sun Ra Archive
D.C. World Jazz Festival, July 1994, Warner Theatre, photos from past festivals
The Knitting Factory, New York City, May 1995, exhibit of contemporary masters
H.R. 57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues, March 1996, Women In Jazz
H.R. 57 Center , May 1996, exhibit of Sun Ra and other contemporary masters
Jazz Gallery, New York City, November-December 1996, group show on Dizzy Gillespie
Jazz Gallery, New York City, August-November 1997, group show Tribute to Jazz Piano
Slide presentation and talk on my work - part of music/art program, Mississippi State University, Starkeville, MS, November 1997
Arts In The Alley, Washington, DC, September-December1998
Martin Luther King Library, Washington, DC, Celebration: Musical Impressions, July1999, Four artists inspired by music
Jazz Gallery, New York City, August-November 1999, group show Tribute to Don Pullen
May 2000, Vision Festival, New York, Avantjazz Through the Eyes of Seven Photographers
October 2002 opening - and touring, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit, Latin Jazz: La Combinación Perfecta
May, 2004, Vision Festival, New York, Bassically: A Tribute To The Jazz Bass
June 2005, Vision Festival, New York, Vision Festival 10th Year Retrospective
September 2006, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Latin Jazz: Where Africa and the Caribbean Meet, during Hispanic Heritage Month event
June 2007, Vision Festival, New York, Photo Tribute to the Creative Improvised Music Masters, including honorees Bill Dixon and Leroy Jenkins
June 2008, Vision Festival, New York, Digital Exhibit Tribute to Festival Honoree Edward 'Kidd' Jordan
June 2009, Vision Festival, New York, Photo Tribute to Festival Honoree Marshall Allen
June 2011, Vision Festival, New York, Photo Tribute to Festival Honorees Peter Brotzmann and Billy Bang
January 2012, Jefferson Center, Roanoke, Virginia, Don Pullen Arts Exhibit, Celebration of The Life and Music of Don Pullen
November 2014, Pop Up Museum, Washington, DC, Sun Ra and the Arkestra, Along Came Ra Festival
January 2015, Arts For Art, New York, Black Lives Matter Festival, Honoring Roy Campbell and Amiri Baraka
June - October 2016, Blagden Alley Museum/DC Jazz Festival, The Art Ensemble of Chicago in DC
May-June, 2017, Capital Fringe, Washington, DC Joint Exhibit with Bill Warrell - DC Jazz & Paintings based on Photos
October 2018, Rhizome, Takoma Park, Maryland, d.c. space Remembered

Miscellaneous Appearances:

Dizzy Gillespie photos used as stage backdrop, 1993 Soul Train Awards

T-shirt designs (licensed by Gear, Ink. and Delta Haze - now defunct):
1994 Photo-montage of Sun Ra
1995 Charles Mingus montage (no longer available)
1995 Max Roach
1998 Dizzy Gillespie montage (out of print)
2002 Art Blakey montage

Internet web pages:

Pianist Joel Futterman's site (which I manage)
ByMor Music:Byron Morris & Unity's site (which I manage)
Point of Departure - an online musical journal by Bill Shoemaker
David Amram's Site
National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters see Anthony Braxton, Richard Davis, Yusef Lateef, and Frank Wess in this 2014 publication.
NEA Jazz Masters 30th Anniversary publication see various artists from previous years. Steve Coleman's MBASE site
Jaki Byard Gallery
Sonny Stitt from The Velvet Lounge by Gerald Majer
Rahsaan Roland Kirk from The Velvet Lounge by Gerald Majer
Bobby Hutcherson with Jackie McLean from A Bobby Hutcherson Website
Muhal Richard Abrams in the Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Glenn Spearman Sessionography A work in progress by Rick Lopez
and MORE.

My photos have been used for promotion by various musicians and groups. I work cooperatively with musicians, music venues, and concert presenters to help support the music and stimulate performances. I donate photos to not-for-profit organizations for use in their promotional materials, programs, and fund raising brochures, including:

The Vision Festival, Arts For Art
Duke Ellington Jazz Festival
District Curators
Blues Alley Music Society
National Public Radio
WPFW-FM/Pacifica Radio
Cap City Jazz Festival
Rhythm & Blues Foundation
Wolf Trap Farm Park
Thelonious Monk Institute
Southern Arts Federation
National Jazz Service Organization

I work with computer graphics, combining my photographs and portions of my images as montages for CD covers, posters, and T-shirt designs.

I also worked for the National Park Service and participated in the planning that led to the establishment of New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park in the National Park Service system. This new park was created by Congress to preserve and interpret New Orleans jazz and living culture, and the history and development of jazz. I have been very pleased to have assisted in this significant federal recognition of jazz history and culture. I am personally interested in jazz history and the historic preservation and recognition of jazz heritage sites nationally. I have been compiling information about the widespread local private and public programs related to jazz heritage.



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